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Right to Information Act: Experts urge early implementation

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LAHORE: The Punjab government believes in Transparency and will ensure that all citizens have the right to access to information and in this regard the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act will go a long way in addressing the problems of masses. Provincial Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Khalil Tahir Sindhu said […]

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Right to information: Bolo bhi requests transparency

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Bolo Bhi, a non-profit organisation with focus on advocacy, policy and research, has filed Right to Information (RTI) requests to inquire about surveillance and web filtering equipment reportedly acquired by the government. The RTI seeks information regarding specific laws under which surveillance & filtering equipment has been acquired. “We have asked for information such as […]

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Punjab right to information act still in stillborn state

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LAHORE: The Punjab government has not yet established a Punjab Information Commission (PIC) or Press Information Officers (PIO) in any public body, even as these are mandatory under the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013 (RTI), The Express Tribune has learnt. The Punjab Assembly passed the RTI Act 2013 in December last year, […]

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Ordinance challenged in Supreme Court

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ISLAMABAD: The Protection of Pakistan (Amendment) Ordinance promulgated on Jan 22 for providing legal cover to enforced disappearances has been challenged before the Supreme Court. The joint petition, submitted by advocates Inamur Raheim and Tariq Asad on Monday, sought a declaration from the court that the legislation was a draconian law as it was inconsistent […]

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Tax data and right to information

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The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), in compliance to commitment given by the Finance Minister to the Senate on January 7, 2014 that details of all parliamentarians would be made public by February 15, 2014, is still searching and collecting their data-even National Tax Numbers (NTNs) have not been issued to all of them till […]

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Comments couldn’t be released to media

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Thursday observed comments and analysis about cases pending with courts could not be released to media. Lahore High Court Justice Umar Ata Bandial made these observations while disposing of a petition questioning ‘unnecessary’ coverage being given to former president General (retired) Pervez Musharraf in media. He also remarked that […]

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Kasuri vents anger at journalists

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ISLAMABAD: Former president Pervez Musharraf’s counsel, Ahmad Raza Kasuri, Thursday lashed out at journalists, accused them of pursuing yellow journalism and threatened them that they needed to be fixed. Talking to media persons after hearing of the treason case, Kasuri lost his temper over a question by a journalist how Commando Musharraf was feeling now […]

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Report on Pakistan’s online future launched

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KARACHI: The impact of the Internet in a local context particularly in relation to the state ‘compulsion’ to regulate and control the cyberspace was discussed on Friday at the launch of a comprehensive report about Pakistan’s online future. While the blocking and filtering of content on the Internet by the state resulted in numerous violations […]

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NA, Presidency block information

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ISLAMABAD: The year 2013 was tumultuous in many ways but it witnessed positive developments in terms of Right to Information (RTI) legislation in two provinces whereas the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) set an unprecedented example of transparency by displaying vital information at its website. However, compared to the ECP, the National Assembly, the house […]

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PA adopts Right to Information bill

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LAHORE: The provincial assembly on Thursday passed “Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Bill,” along with four other bills, rejecting almost all changes suggested by the opposition. The Right to Information bill carried two amendments that differentiate it from the original act. Clause Five of the bill maintained: “Notwithstanding anything contained in this section, any […]

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Freedom and information

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A 30-member entourage accompanied the president of Pakistan during his Haj visit to Saudi Arabia in October 2013. There were conflicting reports in the media about who paid for the travel and stay of this entourage, which included members of personal staff as well as relatives. Were the expenses covered by the president from his […]

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Right to Information Bill tabled in PA

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By: Hussain Kashif LAHORE: The Punjab government tabled and started debate on the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Bill 2013 in the provincial assembly on Wednesday to make compulsory for government departments to provide the demanded information within the next 14 working days to the citizens. Under the proposed laws, a special commission would […]

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Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa becomes first province to enact updated RTI

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Sahibzada Muhammad Khalid was appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner by the government on Friday as the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Governor signed the Right to Information (RTI) Act 2013, said a notification. The law will make K-P the first province to have implemented the RTI as a law. Sahibzada Muhammad Khalid, a grade 22 official who […]

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Call for launching media drive to create awareness about RTI Act

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PESHAWAR: Participants of a consultative meeting of media group on the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2013, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has appreciated the passage of the law and has urged the provincial government for launching media campaign to create awareness among people at grass roots level. The media group is constituted by the Development, Environment, Legal […]

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